Jonathan Shariat

About Me

I’ve been working in the design field for over 10 years and currently at Google. I also co-host the Design Review Podcast and write about design, most notably a #1 most recommended article on Medium: “How bad UX Killed Jenny” which inspired me to write a book: “Tragic Design” to shed light on bad design that harms and how we can fix it.

My mantra is “Dream. Think. Do.” and my passion is to create experiences that are aesthetically pleasing, natural to use, and worthwhile. I believe in the refining power of simplicity and elegance through the fusion of logic and creative inspiration. I embrace the humility of the function that each design serves and pursue the best possible outcome, regardless of ego or pride. Finally, I believe that design should do good for all involved and make the world better.


  1. Interaction Designer
    March '20 — Present
  2. Sr. Product Designer
    Project Rōnin
    January ‘19 — March '20
  3. Sr. Interaction Designer
    December '16 — January '19
  4. Product Director
    March ‘13 — April '16
  5. Sr. UX Designer
    Oct. ‘10 — Jan ‘13
  6. Intern/Designer
    Weldon Owen Publishing
    March ‘09 — Feb ‘10
  7. Others
    Freelance, Animator, Comic Artist, Customer Service Rep, Community Manager


  1. Bachelor of Science, Web & Interactive Media
    The Art Institute of California
    2009 – 2012
  2. Outstanding Student Achievement Award
    Awarded at Graduation